The Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai: Celebrating the Centennial of Its Birth(in Niigata)

The Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai was established in 1918 by young and energetic painters of Nihonga (Japanese-style painting). They declared respect for individuality and freedom in creativity. Needless to say that even today, their works continues to shine with abundant imagination and overflowing life imagery. Taisho era (1912-1926) was a period of great change in the style of Nihonga. Guests can view famous and popular works by Bakusen Tsuchida, Chikkyo Ono, and Banka Nonagase in their younger days, collected here from all over the country.


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  • Venue

    The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum
    5-1, Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, Niigata, JAPAN
  • Admission

    Adults 1,200yen(1,000yen)
    College and high school students 1,000yen(800yen)

    ※( ) reduced fees are available for groups of over 20 people
    ※Visitors with physical disabilities admitted free (ID required)
    ※Free for junior high school students and under

    For more details, visit the official site.

  • Closed days

    Mondays (except on holidays, then closed on Tuesday)

  • Opening hours

    10:00〜18:00 ※Last entry 30 minutes before closing
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